Packers vs. Bears
Our Experts Predict
Next game: Sunday, September 25th at Chicago
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GREEN BAY - It's Bear Week.
The defending world champion Green Bay Packers and defending NFC North champion Chicago Bears are getting it on at the spaceship with Roman architecture strangely mixed in, Soldier Field.
It's at the same place where the Packers literally picked off the Chicago Bears, 21-14, en route to their 13th world championship.
But these teams are different - a more pass-happy Chicago offense, a Packers defense without Nick Collins.
What do Our Experts think about this contest?
Read three of their predictions below, from members of our Packers Gameday team.
Then add your predictions below in our comments section!
Packers at Bears
|Our Expert||When Packers have the ball||When Bears have the ball||Prediction|
Co-Host, Packers OT and Sports Central; Sports Anchor, Wisconsin's Afternoon News, all on 620WTMJ
| Don’t make mistakes.
It seems whenever the Packers play at Soldier Field it’s a myriad of penalties and turnovers. The Packers survived bumps on offense in the NFC Championship game, but it’s a lot easier when they play a clean game.
| Stop Matt Forte.
Which clearly is easier said than done. Forte has accounted for 52% of the Bears offense through the first two games and the Packers were burned by a similar player in Darren Sproles in week one.
| Green Bay 21,
Per usual, this one will be close, but a far superior offense gives the Packers the edge.
Co-Host, Packers Preview and Sports Central; Sports Anchor, Wisconsin's Morning News, all on 620WTMJ
| Keep the ball.
Too often in these games, one turnover makes all the difference. You can say that about a lot of games, but it especially reigns true with Packers/Bears. The running game has been productive, but little used…perhaps we’ll see a little more balance in this game.
| Treat Jay Cutler like a punching bag.
I don’t think Mike Martz will dial up 52 pass plays like he did last weekend against the Saints, but he is a pass-first coordinator, and Cutler has been sacked a league high 11 times. Oh – and keep Matt Forte under 100 total yards. Dude accounts for 52% of the Bears offense.
| Green Bay 23,
I think the Packers will because they are able to control Matt Forte and pass on the Bears secondary.
Studio Anchor, Packers Radio Network; News and Sports Anchor/Reporter and Packers online reporter, all on 620WTMJ
| Stop hurting yourself with penalties, especially in the red zone.
One of the hallmarks of the 2010 championship team was its discipline, not making mistakes in key situations. Last Sunday, the Packers were only 1-4 in the red zone. They committed five offensive penalties. Two turned into red zone field goals instead of touchdowns; three led to drives ending in punts. Chicago won't give you as many opportunities to score. You must take advantage and not hurt yourself when you get those chances.
| CB's and Peprah to help the pass rush.
Chicago isn't known for having game-breaking receivers, but the Packers are known for giving up big plays in the passing game. If Peprah does reasonably well in holding down the middle area and Packers corners do their job on the Chicago wideouts, that league-leading sack total Chicago's racking up will increase big time.
| Green Bay 27,
Chicago will come into this game angry, both from the NFC Title Game loss and last week's embarrassment in New Orleans. They will come into this game motivated. The Packers will come in more diversified offensively. That will be the difference in a higher-scoring game than what people think.